The number one question new students ask before coming to San Francisco Pole and Dance, is What should I wear for pole class!?
In a pole dance class, skin is essential for gripping the pole. Fabrics are slippy and extremely difficult to climb in.
The essential clothing pieces for female identifying students include:
1. Tank top or T-shirt. You’ll likely end up taking this off but for many, it’s nice to feel a bit more covered (and less cold) at least until you start sweating during the warm up. And if you don’t want your belly exposed, you can keep it on!
2. Sports bra. Once you’ve started sweating, and begin to practice the conditioning portion of the workout, you may want to have your side body exposed so that you can more effectively work on armpit holds and inversion prep positions while standing on the ground.
3. Shorts (the shorter the better!) Foundations level students will try their hand at climbing for the first time. Having skin exposed to help you grip the pole so that you can try climbing.
4. Barefeet. Pole dancing is hard, but it is even harder from a technical perspective when you add in 5-8 inch stilettos. While you are allowed to wear high heels, we recommend going barefoot until the foundational movements feel good on your body.
5. *Optional* Knee pads and legwarmers. For dance style classes where students will want to be able to slide along the floor, kneepads and legwarmers are recommended. If you don’t have any, we have two styles for sale at the studio.
For male-identifying students, shorts in a brief style are recommended. Having the skin of the upper thighs is important for pole sits and other moves that get a bit crotchy!